Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius)


French: Perruche à tête pourpre German: Kappensittich Spanish: Perico capelo

Psittacus spurius


, 1820,

Albany, south-western Australia




Extreme SW Australia, mostly within 100 km of coast.

Descriptive notes

36 cm; 98–156 g. Entire crown crimson, face and ear-coverts yellowish green; underparts purple, with flanks, thighs and undertail-coverts red; nape, mantle and wing-... read more


Flight call a harsh and hoarse, short “kcheh”, typically repeated in loose series. Also a three-... read more


Marri Eucalyptus calophylla forest and trees in pristine and altered landscapes including... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of marri and other eucalypts, notably jarra E. marginata and E. cornuta, also those of Grevillea, ... read more


Aug–Dec. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, commonly high in jarra, marri or wandoo (E. wandoo). Eggs 4–7;... read more


Adults are mainly sedentary but fluctuations in local numbers of immatures occur according to food... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common, sometimes entering suburbs of Perth. While marri, regarded as a weed species, may actually have spread following human... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Red-capped Parrot (Purpureicephalus spurius). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 March 2018).